Volunteers are generally individuals with sophisticated expertise relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship.
For more information or volunteer
Devin Collins, Ventureprise, Devin.Collins@uncc.edu or 704 687-8058
Experienced business people in Charlotte have provided valuable guidance for young companies through the Ventureprise and PORTAL mentor program. Many of the same mentors work with Charlotte Venture Challenge and Ventureprise Charlotte Launch companies. Mentors included veteran business people as well as investor and advisors such as attorneys and technology executives. Mentors offer valuable insight through their general business experience, their industry expertise and connections, and their functional (marketing, finance, manufacturing, etc.) knowledge. Effective mentors can adapt insights from their personal experience to the particular needs of the entrepreneur receiving the mentoring. Mentors are direct and honest while recognizing that they are coaching, not directing, the entrepreneur.
UNC Charlotte offers seminars and workshops that include volunteer speakers and panelists. These volunteers understand high growth entrepreneurial companies and have deep expertise in a topic relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation. Experienced entrepreneurs are of special interest.
UNC Charlotte organizes special events such as the Charlotte Venture Challenge and UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference that can benefit from the assistance of volunteers from all types of backgrounds. If you are interested in helping build the region’s entrepreneurial community, let us know and we will match your interest and capabilities with our needs.